Thursday, July 26, 2018
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day : That your faith would not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5
LISTEN : A lot of people who claim to have faith in Christ Jesus are not genuine with their profession. Real faith is birthed when all is surrendered to God, and unwavering trust firmly anchored on Him. Genuine faith occurs when we hold our initial confidence firm until the end. The Bible says, “For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence firm until the end.” (Hebrews 3:14). Those who waver in faith do not have real faith. Such people are not steady with God. They blow hot and cold (keep changing their minds). They are never reliable in matters of faith. They are easily convinced and manipulated by the wisdom and philosophies of men. They are comfortable with walking by sight, but find it hard to walk by faith. They are moved by a preacher’s eloquence and oratory ability, and not by the power of God. In his exhortation to the Corinthians, Apostle Paul said, “that your faith would not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5) God is the power behind His words. The preacher of the gospel may be poor in his or her use of language, but the power (God’s) behind the word is what creates faith and miracles. When you faithfully hear and obey the word of God faith is produced. Beloved, are you real about your faith? Have you decided to follow Christ Jesus? Then be real! God is looking for real worshippers, so make yourself available to Him. Be wise!
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Be genuine to your profession of faith, and live in obedience to God.
2. Having received Jesus Christ, hold on to Him till the end of your life.
3. No matter what, do not waver in faith, instead, be strong and courageous.
4. Do not be deceived by the wisdom of men, rather be enlightened by the word of God.
Daily Prayer : Dear Lord, you are the all-wise God. Help me to know you, and to firmly put my confidence in you always, amen.
Daily Reflection : Those who waver in faith do not have real faith. Such people are not steady with God. They blow hot and cold, and are never reliable in matters of faith.
Daily Quote : Real faith is birthed when all is obediently surrendered to God, and unwavering trust firmly anchored on Him.
Daily Faith Confession : Today, I confess that God is pleased with those who worship Him in spirit and truth. Therefore, I will serve and worship Him the same way, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration : You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God be pleased with you. May your faith in Him be real and firm, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Biblical Fact : Did you know after Samuel, Hannah gave birth to three sons and two daughters? (2 Samuel 2:21)
Today In History : July 26, 1847 Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state.
Stunning Fact : Did you know the first city to mint its own gold coins was Florence, Italy in 1252?
BELOVED, CONCLUDE YOUR DAY WITH THE EVENING MESSAGE BELOW AS YOU RETIRE TO BED TODAY:
TOPIC : BECOMING GOD’S KINGDOM MESSENGER
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Bible Verse : And he saith unto them follow me and I will make you fishers of men Matthew 4:19
LISTEN : Christians (followers of Jesus Christ) are messengers of God to the world. They (we) are called to declare the will and works of God to the sinful world. (1 Peter 2:9). As Jesus Christ begins His earthly ministry when He ended his forty days fast in the wilderness. He encounters two brothers at the sea of Galilee, Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother as they were doing their normal fishing business, for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (v.19). Beloved, Jesus called them so He could train them in winning souls to the kingdom of God. Upon hearing Him, they left all and followed Him. Jesus transformed them into useful instruments for the kingdom of God. He changed them from fishermen to soul winners; not just soul winners, but zealous soul winners who went everywhere with the gospel looking for the unsaved and bringing them back to God. My dear, are you a Christian? As a follower of Jesus Christ, have you won a soul to Him? If not, what are you waiting for? Do you know you are called to spread the gospel of the kingdom of God? So, be serious and tell others about Jesus Christ as long as you live. Be wise!
PRAYER POINTS :
1. Pray and bless God for His love and protection.
2. Ask God for forgiveness and mercy.
3. Pray God to make you a committed and zealous soul winner.
4. Pray and destroy all satanic plans against you and your family tonight.
It is well with you. May God make you a committed and consistent soul winner. May your labour and service to God not be in vain; and may your sleep tonight be sweet, in Jesus’ name, amen.
God bless you. See you tomorrow.